Here’s the thing: it was liberals who raked actor Mark Duplass over the coals for saying Ben Shapiro was “a genuine person,” and it was conservatives who came to his defense after the left-wing mob descended.
Now the hot takes are coming fast and furious from liberals about how Mike Cernovich apparently was the one who dug up director James Gunn’s old joke tweets — the jokes about child rape and pedophilia so offensive that Disney fired him.
Ben Shapiro, who is a genuine person and found himself at the center of this whole cluster****, wrote that it was a mistake and a bad precedent to fire Gunn. Glenn Beck reached out a hand of friendship and defended Gunn against his firing. And Robby Soave over at Reason wrote a whole piece explaining why Disney was wrong to fire Gunn over old tweets:
Conservatives who hypocritically pushed for this will claim they are only trying to force the left to live by its own rules. A better goal, though, is to *stop* PC mob rule, not to feed it a wider range of victims. https://t.co/WCJGmIMsUI
— Robby Soave (@robbysoave) July 20, 2018
But like we said, liberals are now targeting Cernovich for “slandering” Gunn with “old out-of-context tweets.”
Mike Cernovich has a nasty track record of slandering media figures and trying to get them fired, often with old out-of-context tweets. One would hope the media industry might understand this by now. https://t.co/JAS8uK0pm0
— Luke O'Brien (@lukeobrien) July 21, 2018
at this point, Twitter is entirely complicit in this and the only real reason his account is allowed to exist is that @jack is terrified of the blowback that would come from actually applying the site's own rules to its most toxic and dangerous users https://t.co/Xr6lZkOKC5
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) July 21, 2018
Now that they “got” James Gunn they’re going after Patton Oswalt and Michael Ian Black.
The connection isn’t years old jokes (bad or otherwise). It’s that they’re all vocal Trump critics.
Congrats on emboldening a bunch of virulent, dangerous trolls.
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) July 21, 2018
Of course, the Left is going to defend fellow traveler Gunn. But among all the outrage, could we please remember the time Sens. Patrick Leahy and Al Franken grilled Justice Don Willett over his old, out-of-context tweets? They wanted to keep him off the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals over these?
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) February 14, 2014
I could support recognizing a constitutional right to marry bacon. pic.twitter.com/HKPW6tE4H6
— Judge Don Willett (@JusticeWillett) April 30, 2015
Honestly — Gunn “jokes” about child rape but a joke about marrying bacon was supposed to derail Willett’s nomination?
A sitting state justice telling a transgender teenager to go away & equating marriage equality to marrying bacon (even in jest) is sending a clear message: Not all are welcome in his courtroom. And that's no laughing matter.
— Sen. Patrick Leahy (@SenatorLeahy) November 15, 2017
Breaking news: It was a joke.
And wouldn’t you just know it — the day after grilling Willett, Franken was confronted with his “supposed to be a joke” photo of him groping a sleeping Leeann Tweeden. Hey, it was just out of context, guys.
So if anyone wants to whine about the “old jokes being taken out of context” mob we’ve seen it before, and it wasn’t pretty then either.
You guys STARTED THIS. You literally invented rage mobs … Hell, @mmfa brags about it.
The lesson here is simple. Don’t start none won’t be none. https://t.co/vZZI7vKi8m
— The?Foo (@PolitiBunny) July 21, 2018
Instead of treating it as trading scalps, maybe decide getting any individual fired for tweets is lame. https://t.co/eUBcjLqTR9
— Anthony Bialy (@AnthonyBialy) July 21, 2018
Of course: Vox explains why Mark Duplass was right to apologize for calling Ben Shapiro 'a genuine person' https://t.co/XGaP14mhoU
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) July 20, 2018